Hope everyone is healthy and got all they wished for this holiday.
Happy New Year to everyone. Stay Healthy.
Depending on CoVid Rules on Wed, Jan 6th there may be a First Wednesday at the Joint
I'm so looking forward to 2025. Hope I'm correct that it will be better.
Heck - I'm hoping 2021 will be better for us average folks. Looking forward to persons with brains containing common sense can replace those in the government real soon [Oh Ya - and they be HONEST above all.
For those few looking to the web site for 2021 information on meeting, rides, last years rides and events photos - Well; what can I say. I've been distracted and lazy.
I'll be getting to it soon. I know I started the 2021 templates some time ago while again waiting for input of a line or two or a couple paragraphs from the membership. Did get a couple of photos but only a couple.
Unless someone has something they want me to post this is it for the 2020 postings. Time to relax and see what Jan 20th brings...
I think I'll forgo looking at any news the week before and after. I'll also make sure my bang bang's and boom booms are clean and oiled...
Last official club ride was a couple of weeks ago and WINTER seems to have set in faster than usual, for me anyway. Could be because of this CoVid thing or the election - maybe.
Long range forecaster is guessing low 50's first week of November but with low 30's at night I'd say there will be ice on corners and in shade areas. You'all be very careful when you get that 'last ride' of the year.
On to the Year End. There were about 25 members and guests for the 2020 Year End Party. Not bad for a chilly evening shortly after the first real snow fall just a couple of days previous.
No one mentioned sighting any motorcycles showing up. Hard to believe. Once the fire was started the close up gathering around the fire seemed appropriate... (?) [Ya, ya - social distancing, masking... at least no protesting, rioting - right...]
Nice to have a large garage to hold everyone where they could keep warm and chow down on Jeannine's gathered/prepared food along with member shared food. Then came the awards presentations to round out the 2020 official doings and continue with the Party around the fire and within the warm garage.
Here's a rundown on the Awards.
Scarfy will be mailing out 2020 year patches soon.
Note from Jeannine & Chris
Thank you to those that made it to the Year End Party, and to those that brought something to share.
We hope you had fun and enjoyed yourselves. To those that were not able to attend, you were missed.
We appreciated hosting! Please stay safe and healthy! Can't wait to see you again!
Chris & Jeannine
Hoping this finds everyone WELL! Can NOT believe riding season is coming to an end!
Looking to see how many would be interested! Hoping we can get the interest of a few of ya!
CRUISE ON OVER to the 51st End of Year PARTY!
We are looking at :
Date: Saturday, October 24th starting at 5pm
Place: The Jaworski’s. (same as last year) 2349 Mayfair Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Please send RSVP to Jeannine (sec) by 10/10 so we can adequately prepare for food, etc. Kindly please include guest if bringing one.
Via text: 651-235-4394, Or e-mail to WBMCJ9@gmail.com . When sending response please include your name as I do not have everyones #/e-mails.
As much as we love 4 legged Fur Children the resident Fur Child is old and crabby so we ask to please keep yours at home to keep peace.
THANK YOU in advance for your understanding. Jeannine
The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2020 Long Range Weather Forecast for Upper Midwest:
October temperature 53° (6° above avg.); precipitation 1.5” (1” below avg.); Oct 22-31 Sunny, turning warm.
We had a good turnout for a Sunday ride of me and one other person to Fawn-Doe-Rosa Wildlife Educational Park near St. Croix Falls.
It was great weather for chaps and a great opportunity to see all the trees changing colors at just the right time.
We stopped at Brookside for a drink along the way.
We were met with a packed parking lot when we finally arrived at the destination. Rightfully so, as it was a delightful experience there. Tony Dischinger
It's been a long time since there has been an Xtra ride on the schedule.
Time to look at that schedule again especially if you want to scoop up an Xtra ride credit.
See the For Sale page for details of Harry's 1993 Honda ST1100 and 1999 Honda GoldWing 1500 SE.
If you know anyone interested in these bike models please direct them our way. It would be nice to see Sharon, Harry's wife, get a reasonable value for the bikes.
Use the emails listed on the For Sale page for any questions; I'm sure I'll be able to answer them.
On Wednesday June 3rd the West Bank Motorcycle Club will again have regular Club Rides leaving from the Joint. Keep your eye on the Ride Schedule.
Hopefully there will not be any changes due to COVID-19 restrictions.
On Sat April 25, 2020 those up to tempting fate can join in on the First Club Ride of 2020 by gathering at Mark C's place for a TBD ride. See the Ride Schedule which has a link to a map.
For this year ride credits will be given to 2019 members as long as their dues is paid before the end of club rides.
If you are going for high mileage get a picture of your odometer and send it in to get it recorded (I'd guess, as in the past, if you can find [or bribe] a 'member in good standing' to verify the mileage and place it on the signin sheet or email or snail mail it in - that 'may' work).
Everyone stay safe out there; And keep your distance while riding also - A cough goes a long way in the slip stream (staggered riding helps a lot).
Very long time West Bank Motorcycle Club member Harry "The Hat" Strand has passed away on April 15, 2020. He had been hospitalized around Christmas with heart problems.
Best known as "Hat" by his many friends he had been a member since 1975 having completed 20 or more club rides during each of his 45 continuous membership years.
So many wonderful things to remember about Hat. One of the best that come to mind right as I write this is in the days of camping where Harry and I would be the last ones getting up (or leaving) on Sunday morning at the campgrounds, finding everyone had already left.
We then slowly proceeded to slowly empty the hand sized, still cold containers of liquid (the ones you don't waste pouring on the ground unless they had been open overnight and really warm, bug or butt filled) so as not to have to carry the extra weight home. Talked about this and that and slowly headed home the long way around, sometimes the short way.
So many memories all of a sudden come flooding into the forefront of the mind in these days of 'cabin fever'.
"The Hat" will be missed by many. Will there be anyone else to match or pass his ride count. I think there is another 900 patch available.
Winter is over according to calendar; now into earliest spring in 124 years; it's March 23rd with a dusting of snow making for a nice clean look across the yards this early morning./p>
We are also now into a time we will not soon forget. Hopefully everyone is well and all those you know and care for are also well.
Just to be on the safe side it has been decided to push back the meetings for a couple of weeks (two or three). If someone has pressing business that requires a face to face meeting then email in details and something can be arranged as a tentative meeting place had been set up.
To repeat - The Road Captain/20 Riders meeting and General Membership meeting have been pushed back by at least 2 or more weeks which will be closer to the start of the first ride.
If anyone has an issue with this then use one of the tools that has always been available on this board - Email & WBMC Forum/Discussion Board [ Yes - you need to REGISTER first, it's easy]...
WBMC members that want to get their thoughts sent out to all that are reading this just send email to email@example.com with clear subject, readable/understandable text and clearly state you want it published and it will be done.
Winter has been kind to us so far and with temp's at 40-50 this weekend my bike is near the door ready for an oil, brake fluid, antifreeze and battery change. And of course a tire check.
That will be after the March 4th 1st Wednesday get together for this month.
I'd guess the Joint will be the get together place with somewhere in the 6-8pm time frame for most of us.
Time to discuss club officer nominations and any other things that should be brought up at the meetings at the end of this month and the first Saturday of next month.
Add to your calendar: Last Saturday of March for the Road Captain/20 Riders meeting and first Saturday of April for the General Membership meeting; Both starting by noon and both at The Joint (unless there is a change).
Where has the time gone. Forgot all about checking that the database survived another yearly crossing; updating the Events page; dozens of other little things that need a personal touch.
For club stuff I've got the Member and Sponsors List ready to add Members and Sponsors, Ride Schedule ready to be filled in and Ride Credits ready to be added.
And now there is the need to start on the bikes. The FJR battery let me know early last year it's close enough to the end of it's life that it better get a replacement real soon.
The BMW batteries, with the massive draw they must supply, must be in top shape so replacement is a must if I expect them to start the bikes as I finally get them tuned and running this year.
So as I went through the events page I see it's really not too soon to get started on getting busy. Besides, I can use the wrenching, bending, lifting time to count as exercising to count against my exercise time for both body weight loss and knee strength.
For the short month of February, That's how I think of February anyway, I'm getting my batteries, oils, brake fluids, tires and tools all lined up. Then as it warms a bit it's time for changing, switching and checking/re-checking all my nuts and bolts for tightness.
Hope everyone got the goodies they wanted for their rides. Don't forget to get your tags purchased and pasted on your plates.
Last Saturday of March is the Road Captain/20 Riders meeting and then the first Saturday of April is the General Membership meeting; Both starting by noon and Both at The Joint (unless there is a change).
I don't have much to say at this years end. Didn't get anything from the group to publish. Not much has been passed by me that I can print.
Last thing this year was a surprise 85th birthday party for Jim Carrol at the Embassy Suites Hotel on Sunday, December 15th. Jim was a member in the 70's. Heard there were some 20 or so West Bankers and friends present. Still waiting for the pictures I heard were going to be sent in.
With New Year on Wednesday and no one suggesting a location for a First Wednesday get together - Well I ain't heard nutin' as of today.
For Christmas and New Year one of my wishes is that members would be kind enough to supply some input to the website as it is here to support the West Bank Motorcycle Club.
To All, Have a Happy and Safe New Year and a prosperous 2020.
WHO WE ARE: West Bankers are just people who love to ride.
We ride twice a week and reward the most fanatic among us.
Just a "weekend rider" ? Come ride with us on the weekend!
Feel free to send us your opinions - I'll pass it on to Dr. LockSprocket and the management.
~ Previous News & Ride Reports are on the News page ~
"Doing a good job around here is like peeing in a dark suit,
It makes you feel warm but nobody notices" Jason Bolt